Tun Dr Lim, in his official address, said, â€śThe founders of the WOU recognise that while providing post-secondary education for the young is crucial to the future well-being of our nation, it is also equally important to educate our adults in order to ensure the present well-being of our national community.â€ť
The special convocation that followed saw Tun Dr Lim conferring the Honorary Doctor of Letters on Professor Dr Wichit Srisa-an and the Honorary Doctor of Laws on Datoâ€™ Dr Sharom Ahmat.
Prof Wichit, 74, currently serves as Chairman of the Council of Sukhothai Thammathirat Open University (STOU). He also chairs the Council of four other universities in Thailand and is the executive vice president of the renowned Chulabhorn Research Institute.
Meanwhile Dr Sharom sits on the Board of the Penang Education Consultative Committee (PECC), the Socio-Economic and Environmental Research Institute (SERI), and the Wawasan Education Foundation.
Over 300 people attended the installation and special convocation, notably WOU Council chairman Tun Dr Lim Keng Yaik, national and Penang Gerakan committee members, representatives from several institutions of higher learning, members of the consular corps, and leaders of the corporate sector and the business community. Staff from WOU included Vice Chancellor Tan Sri Emeritus Prof Gajaraj Dhanarajan, Deputy Vice Chancellors Prof Wong Tat Meng and Dr Seah Soo Aun, deans, heads of department, and academic staff.